The National Unity Platform, NUP Presidential candidate Kyagulanyi Robert Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has promised that his government will solve the problem of high electricity tariffs in the country.
Kyagulanyi noted on Thursday morning, that his government will zero rate VAT on all domestic consumers and reduce VAT on commercial consumers from 18 to 10%. This will make electricity more affordable for domestic and commercial use. This will also give relief to SMEs, e.g. cottage industry, the largest non-agricultural employer.
According to Kyagulanyi, Ugandans in all corners of the country have been complaining to his campaign about the high electricity tarriffs and power outages.
“Everywhere I’ve gone, Ugandans complain of a very high cost of electricity. The tariffs are so high! Many districts experience regular, extended power outages. The national access rate still stands at 28% only! NUP is committed to improving efficiency in this critical sector” Kyagulanyi promised.
He added that the increased demand and utilization of electricity will in turn create many job opportunities, but also increase government revenue and that if this revenue isn’t lost through corruption, it can turn things around.
The Electricity regulator recently announced that they could not afford to connect all Ugandans on the National grid, and that individuals may pay if they need such services. The minimum fee according to reports, is Shilling 700,000 .
Today, Kyagulanyi takes the campaign to teh areas of Kanungu, Rukungiri and Mitooma. “Abantu ba Kanungu, Rukungiri na Mitooma, izooba niryo eri. We are bringing the message of FREEDOM to you” he notes.